Canada Canada's top bull rider Ty Pozzobon of Merritt dies at 25

05:51  11 january  2017
05:51  11 january  2017 Source:   Vancouver Sun

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Ty Pozzobon aboard Bone Handle at the Professional Bull Riders Monster Energy Invitational in New York' s Madison Square Garden in 2013. The 25 -year-old Pozzobon was found dead in his hometown of Merritt on Monday morning. Richard Drew / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Files. “It was a freak deal, the bull wasn’t mean at all,” Pozzobon told ShawTV Merritt a few months after the accident. Pro Rodeo Canada said Pozzobon was a talent that comes along very seldom in any sport. “And while all of us mourn the loss of one of our sport’ s brightest stars, we are painfully aware that we have also lost

Canadians in the rodeo and bull riding community are mourning the sudden death of Ty Pozzobon , 25 , who passed away Monday. A video tribute showing rodeo highlights was circulating on social media amongst family, friends and fans. Canadian bull riders mourn death of 25 -year-old rodeo star Ty Pozzobon .

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Ty Pozzobon rode bulls with names like Back Bender, Carolina Kicker and Boot Strap Bill.

On Monday afternoon, the 25-year-old Canadian bull-riding champ was found dead 25 kilometres west of his hometown of Merritt, his family said.

No cause of death was released by Merritt RCMP, but they do not consider the death to be suspicious and have passed along the case to the B.C. Coroners Service.

“He was good people,” his father Luke told Postmedia. “There wasn’t a mean bone in his body. Worried about everybody else, not himself.”

Pozzobon, based in Texas during the U.S. bull-riding season, was recovering from a broken hand and in Merritt visiting and working with his 30-odd bucking bulls on the family ranch.

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MERRITT , B.C. - Canadian bull rider Ty Pozzobon of Merritt , B.C., has died at age 25 .No cause of death was given by Pro Rodeo Canada in a statement posted

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Like all bull riders, Pozzobon was often injured, having sustained concussions and broken bones.

His most recent concussion seemed to be severe, Merritt Mayor Neil Menard said.

“He was a very upbeat, selfless. Ty would brighten the outlook of those around him,” Menard said. “And he loved riding bulls. He rode with all kinds of injuries, sometimes — in my opinion — when he shouldn’t have.”

In 2013, Carolina Kicker knocked him out in Louisville, Ky.

In late 2014, Boot Strap Bill smashed Pozzobon’s helmet to pieces in Saskatoon with a kick to the head after bucking the rider off at the buzzer, then kicking Pozzobon’s unprotected head again as he lay prone with the bull bucking and dancing around him.

“It’s important that people know about the implications of head injuries as a result of concussions,” said his mother Leanne.

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Merritt , B.C., bull rider Ty Pozzobon has died at age 25 . (Richard Drew/Associated Press). Rodeo fans are mourning the death of champion bull rider Ty Pozzobon . The 25 -year-old from Merritt , B.C., died suddenly Monday morning. The cause of death has not been revealed. . Pozzobon was the 2016 Pro Bull Riders Canada champion, and finished fourth at the 2016 Professional Bull Riders world finals in Las Vegas in November.

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Pro Rodeo Canada said Pozzobon was a talent who comes along very seldom in any sport.

“And while all of us mourn the loss of one of our sport’s brightest stars, we are painfully aware that we have also lost one of the truly genuine people in this or any sport,” the organization said on its website.

“The ever-ready Pozzy grin, the endless love and devotion to family and friends, his ability to pick up the spirits of those around him — those are special talents — as great, and maybe even greater, than his superstar ability to ride the rankest bulls in the industry.”

A four-time Pro Bull Riders finalist who earned more than US $250,000 on the circuit, the Merritt secondary grad won the PBR Canada championship in 2016 and finished fourth at the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas in November, despite riding with a broken hand.

He had begun competing in sanctioned Canadian events in 2010 before heading to the U.S. to compete full time in 2011, according to PBR.

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Rodeo fans are mourning the death of champion bull rider Ty Pozzobon . The 25 -year-old from Merritt , B.C. passed away suddenly Monday morning. "It' s a shock," said family friend Ed Lebourdais. "For B.C., we're not going to see another Ty Pozzobon for a number of years — what the guy did was just that good. He pushed himself to be the best." Pozzobon was the 2016 Pro Bull Riders Canada champion, and finished fourth at the 2016 Professional Bull Riders world finals in Las Vegas in November.

Canadian bull rider Ty Pozzobon of Merritt , B.C., has died at age 25 . The Merritt Herald reported that Pozzobon was found deceased Monday, and that the RCMP didn't consider his death suspicious and have turned the investigation over to the B.C. coroner. Pozzobon was the 2016 Professional Bull Riders Canada champion and a four-time PBR world finalist finishing a career-high fourth last year.

On an April 2015, ShawTV broadcast, Pozzobon credited growing up watching his dad and uncle ride bulls for his interest in the sport.

“I knew at a really young age I was going to be a bull rider,” Pozzobon, a talented goalie who turned down a hockey scholarship in order to ride bulls, said. “I love the sport. I think about bull riding all day, every day.”

He was a two-time runner-up at the Calgary Stampede, where last year his gear was stolen from his truck, only to be discovered by a Good Samaritan and returned.

Pozzobon also hosted invitational bull-riding events in Merritt and a bull-riding camp in the Nicola Valley.

Last week Alpha Bull, a promotions company aiming to expand the base of bull-riding fans into urban areas, announced a sponsorship deal with Pozzobon and predicted the Merritt native would contend for the PBR world title this year.

Calgary-based Alpha Bull president Chad Besplug was scheduled to fly to the Interior Tuesday evening, then travel to Merritt on Wednesday.

The North American rodeo community and friends of the Pozzobon family took to social media to express their grief and shock.

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Photo: PBR. Champion B.C. bull rider Ty Pozzobon has died at the age of 25 . The Merritt man died Monday. A statement from the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association said the rodeo and bull riding community is "deeply saddened" by the death. It doesn't say how he died . " Ty was a talent that comes along very seldom in any sport," said the association. He was the 2016 Professional Bull Riders Canada champion and a four time PBR World finalist.

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“It was, still is, one of those things you can’t really wrap your mind around,” said Shawn Best when contacted by phone.

Best, a 31-year-old bull rider from Omak, Wash., counted Pozzobon as a friend.

“He wouldn’t walk away from anybody, he wouldn’t turn his back on anybody, from kids to adults,” Best said. “He made you feel better about where you were at.

“Given the sport and how dangerous the sport is, he was one of those guys who kind of made everything go away, pretty much cleared the air just by being there and made you feel more confident about yourself.”

Pozzobon is survived by his parents Luke and Leanne, his sister Amy and his wife Jayd.

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